New Delhi: Arrested Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila has named two more players, both batsmen, who were involved in spot-fixing during the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, say police sources. Chandila along with team-mates S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were arrested yesterday by the Delhi Police in Mumbai.
Here are the 10 latest developments in the big scandal:
- The Delhi Police is interrogating the three Rajasthan Royals players and 11 others in the massive spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the IPL. Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar was present at the special cell when Sreesanth was questioned this morning.
sources allege that Sreesanth has accused Jiju Janardhan of getting him
into trouble. Jiju has played cricket for the same Kerala club as
Sreesanth. On Thursday, the police released phone transcripts of a
conversation purportedly between Jiju and another bookie discussing
details of how Sreesanth would allegedly spot-fix in a match against the
Kings XI Punjab last week.
- Sreesanth's lawyer, Deepak Prakash,
said there was no direct proof against his client and was emphatic in
his rejection of any claim that Sreesanth might have confessed to
spot-fixing. "I am very sorry to say that a person who hasn't committed
any crime can't confess. For the sake of media also he can't confess. He
is an innocent person," he said today.
- Police sources have also
alleged that Ankeet Chavan allegedly broke down while being questioned
and admitted to having made a mistake. His brother, however, told NDTV
that Ankeet is innocent. "Ankeet struggled to get to where he is. He is
being framed. My whole family supports him," Ankeet's brother Nihaar has
- BCCI chief N Srinivasan told NDTV that if found guilty,
players would be given strict punishment. He however added that he would
wait for the report of the disciplinary committee before taking a final
decision. "If what's happened is true, greed has taken over," he said.
those being questioned today is Amit Singh, a former Rajasthan Royals
player who the police suspect was the middleman between bookies and
players. Police sources said Singh seemed to have been used as a
"talent-spotter" by the bookies, to suggest spot-fixing to his former
- Police sources now say all Rajasthan Royals matches
in this edition of the IPL are being looked at closely. The police,
during their investigations in this case over the last two months have
also reportedly found out that bookies hosted a party in Mumbai in
mid-April, where they invited six Rajasthan Royals players, but most did
not turn up. The police are trying to find out if the players were
contacted later by the bookies
- Apart from three players and one
former player, 10 bookies were arrested yesterday. Six more were
detained in Chennai today and the police said at least Rs 14 lakh in
cash has been recovered in searches conducted across the city.
police say they are investigating an alleged nexus between bookies and
the Mumbai underworld. The police have, among the hundreds of phone
conversations they intercepted in the case, traced some calls to
Pakistan and Dubai they say; on Thursday, the Delhi police chief said
the "mastermind" of the spot-fixing operation is abroad.
say the bookies and players had an elaborate process of signals and
codes to indicate that a player would bowl a fixed over next, allowing
bookies to place bets. In the case of Sreesanth, they alleged, that
signal was a towel tucked into his waistband just before he began to
bowl an over in the May 9 match.
Story First Published: May 17, 2013 17:02 IST